ACT updates emergency fuel powers

Released 29/11/2018

Legislation tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly today will ensure the ACT adopts a nationally consistent approach to dealing with any future fuel shortages.

“The new measures identified in the Fuels Rationing Bill 2018 will align the ACT with other states and territories to ensure a uniform response in the unlikely event we need to enter a rationing process for petrol, diesel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or aviation fuel,” Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today.

“The ACT Government has had emergency fuel rationing powers since 1979. As part of a new Intergovernmental Agreement with the Commonwealth, we are updating those powers to ensure they are modern and appropriate.

“It’s important to have plans in place to deal with emergencies, including the possibility of a fuel shortage. The revised powers will allow the Government to respond in a manner that seeks to minimise impacts on the community.

“The fuel rationing powers will also prioritise emergency services and other essential fuel users to ensure they can operate to their full capacity in the case of any fuel emergency.

“If it becomes necessary, the new legislation will enable the ACT to implement fuel rationing that is consistent with the Intergovernmental Agreement. As the next stage, the Government will develop a detailed plan for how fuel rationing would occur, in consultation with relevant stakeholders.”

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